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Old 11-19-2013, 18:43   #1
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My minimed 723 insulin pump finally arrived yesterday, via UPS! It came a whole day early! I'm so excited and ready to use it but of course I have to wait. There is supposed to be a trainer calling me soon, and she's not calling soon enough! I am impatient as all get out. Are you on a pump? Which one do you use? How long did you have to wait on training after you received your pump? sorry just anxious and curious! also, if you have a pump, do you like it? has it helped you? and have you had any issues with it?


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Old 11-20-2013, 01:44   #2
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I'm not on it yet. There's so many pros and cons it almost seems to cancel itself out. I inquired w/ accu check to see what a pump would cost me with insurance. A rep called me to do a demo. I asked what it cost and she didn't know, even though I supplied all of my insurance info. I'm looking to give it a shot too though..I'd like to hear your feedback when you get going w/ it.

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I'm not on it yet. There's so many pros and cons it almost seems to cancel itself out. I inquired w/ accu check to see what a pump would cost me with insurance. A rep called me to do a demo. I asked what it cost and she didn't know, even though I supplied all of my insurance info. I'm looking to give it a shot too though..I'd like to hear your feedback when you get going w/ it.
I contacted many of the pump companies and Medtronic was the first to contact me back..the rest of them was 4 weeks before the initial contact!!! But my doctor told me that he prefers Medtronic, because they have the best customer support. They contacted me within 2 weeks of my appt. and when they called me they had all my information already from my doctor, and told me exactly how much it would cost me out of pocket after insurance paid and what would all be included. They also have a financial assistance program which was WONDERFUL. I don't know how the other companies are but I am pleased up to this point w/ them. Good luck and I will let you guys know how everything goes
As far as the pros/cons, the fact that I would only have to do one shot, every 3 days was a HUGE bonus for me. As of now on the average I am doing 4-6 shots a day. Plus, I have too many swings in my sugar, tonight I did my reg. bolus of fast acting insulin and ate sphagetti with 1 piece of toast. In theory, it should have made my sugar high, but instead it dropped to 70! I ate 3 carb tabs, and it was up to 113. Its funny some days I need more insulin and some days less, regardless of the meal!

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Welcome!

Pumping is great. I use Omnipod and have had terrific support from them. I like having no tubing as well as the ability to give boluses under 1 unit, which I often do, as I eat fewer than 30 carbs a day.

With insurance it costs me about $150 a month plus insulin, etc.

Like so many of us, once you start pumping, you realize how much easier it is than MDIs. Hard to imagine going back!

I still have highs, but have gotten lows under control. Hypos were a big problem previously.

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Started using my pump on Friday, 11/29/13....and so far...I LOVE IT!! my sugar still runs high at times, but we are still in the adjustment stage. My trainer, Jennifer is the best!! I have had to call her 2 times with small questions and without hesitation she has answered them, never making me feel stupid for asking. She told me from the beginning that it will be on the higher side until we get it adjusted. Said that she would rather it run higher than too low and if we started out w/ too much it would be worse than if we started too much. I agree. I would prefer it to be normal range, but if it had to be high or low i would choose the high everytime. I hate the feelings that go with too low. I think it was totally worth it. Most of my sugars have been running between 120-170. I feel better tho, because they were over 200 in the past. The tubing doesn't bother me at all. I tried to tape it just in case, but discovered that it isn't an issue either way so i might as well not tape. The controls are very easy once you are shown and I have already changed my infusion set and resevoir once by myself!!! For me, this was the best decision I could have made. Hands down!! Only regret is that I didn't do this sooner!

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There you go! A couple of months from now you'll barely think about it!

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